Keeping diabetes at bay

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Keeping diabetes at bay

Is that even possible?

I know many people who suffer from diabetes, especially Greeks. As a nation they tend to be prone to the illness. Some have it during childhood but the majority grow into it.

Who is at risk of diabetes?

Well, basically, everyone! I always thought that if you ate a lot of sugary foods then you might end up with diabetes. Boy, was I wrong! There are different causes of this illness and bad diet is just one of them.

  • Heredity ~ diabetes is passed through the blood line, so if one or both of your parents have it you have a higher chance of getting it.
  • Age ~ People can become diabetic at any age, but many start with diabetes after the age of 50.
  • Bad diet ~ People who eat lots of unhealthy food and not enough fibre or protein may end up with diabetes
  • Obesity/Overweight ~ Being overweight can cause diabetes.
  • Lack of exercise ~ in studies people who didn't exercise at least three times a week were more at risk of becoming diabetic.
  • Stress ~ this can cause diabetes too!

There are other causes but these are the most predominant.

Is it difficult to live with diabetes?

There are 2 types of diabetes, called Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 requires insulin, Type 2 can usually be controlled by diet.

The main causes of Type 1 are heredity and bad diet. Of Type 2 are age and obesity.

Neither Types of diabetes are fun, as I'm sure any diabetic can tell you. Diabetes can cause all sorts of problems within the body, none of which I would like to experience.

If you'll notice, apart from heredity and age; both of which we can do nothing about, the main causes of diabetes come from lifestyle choices. Choices which you make everyday. Now, I know that no-one would voluntarily choose to have diabetes but by choosing an unhealthy life you may be heading in that direction.

You can turn your life around, right now. There is no reason why you have to continue down the path you have chosen, up until now. It's never too late to start again!

Choose a healthier diet, one that contains plenty of fibre and good proteins. Remember the food pyramid you studied in school? Well, it's time to dust that off again. I happen to have a copy of it here.

Choose to lose weight, if you are very overweight, or maintain a healthy size. You know yourself just exactly what that is for you. Nobody is the same. I never judge myself by my weight because I exercise regularly, which means that I have a lot of muscle on my body. Muscle matches fat, pound for pound in weight but not in size. 1lb of fat can be the size of a football, whereas 1lb of muscle would be the size of 1lb of steak; much smaller! I have gone from a size 16 to a size 8, but I have not actually changed much in weight!

Choose to exercise at least three times a week. T-Tapp is ideal for people who are just starting to exercise again, or for those who are large in size and who need an exercise that is gentle on the joints, but that is effective and can create immediate inch loss. Aim to exercise at least three times a week, obviously you must work at your own pace.

Choose less stress! Sounds simple, doesn't it? Stress can cause a whole multitude of illnesses, none of which are good. Try to choose the least stressful option, or aim to enlist the help of others to help you. I have some more tips that you may find useful in my free 7 day programme. You can sign up for this immediately, it's at the top of the right hand side bar on this page.

There's no reason to put yourself at risk. All it takes is for you to start and look after yourself. Remind yourself that you are WORTH it! You deserve to be happy and healthy.

Choose a better, healthier you. Choose a life without diabetes!

It's never too late to make that change.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1501034180 Susan Preston

    Thank you for such an Great article, Tara! I too, know people who have struggled with being a diabetic and I love your suggestions. I particularly like the one, “Choose less stress.” It is so impo9rtant that we have the least amount of stress in our life as possible.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TaraChatzakis Tara Yvonne Chatzaki

      Let’s hope we can prevent somebody from getting this terrible illness.

  • http://twitter.com/RonaeHOPEcoach Ronae Jull

    Thanks for the great article – so many folks I know are struggling with this disease. I particularly appreciated your “Turn your life around” list – these suggestions will benefit even those without diabetes!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TaraChatzakis Tara Yvonne Chatzaki

      Yes Ronae. Everyone needs a good diet and exercise!

  • Sue

    Very informational…so important to start at an early age to eat healthily, exercise and try and keep stress at a minimum…The last one not so easy to always do. Will love the day when doctors are more willing to have patients work with a dietitian/nutritionist instead of just handing out medication…. Thanks for the great article.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TaraChatzakis Tara Yvonne Chatzaki

      Isn’t it silly that we get the fact that exercise and diet are important factors but that Doctors simply dish out the medicines!

  • The LEARNED Preneur

    That diabetes is a bugger to deal with. Great article Tara! x0x
    The LEARNED Preneur @NormaDoiron.NET

    • http://www.facebook.com/TaraChatzakis Tara Yvonne Chatzaki

      You got that right Norma!

  • Patricia

    Great article. My mom is diagnosed with diabetes, is on a medication and not once did any health professional advise her of her eating habits!! And she doesn’t get it either… particularly around sweets!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TaraChatzakis Tara Yvonne Chatzaki

      If the Doctors don’t tell her, then she’s not going to listen :(

  • http://twelvetwodesign.com/ Rob Russo

    I realize heredity can’t be changed, but it is always comforting to know what we DO have control over and when we need to do something about it. Diabetes is no joke and I want to make sure I’m doing my part in prevention.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TaraChatzakis Tara Yvonne Chatzaki

      Completely agree Rob. Stave it away.

  • http://anitafiander.com Anita Fiander

    Great post about diabetes! I was borderline here about 2 years ago and have tamed that now by taking away sugar..Still need to add more exercise but I am at present, restricted by doctors in doing so :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/TaraChatzakis Tara Yvonne Chatzaki

      Maybe T-Tapp could be of help to you Anita? It’s not like traditional exercise.

  • http://www.sherievenner.com Sherie Venner

    This is a very informative post about diabetes, Tara, with lots of actionable steps. I appreciate your positive take on it and saying that it can be turned around. Great post!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TaraChatzakis Tara Yvonne Chatzaki

      With diet and exercise many people have partially reversed diabetes.

  • Lori

    Great information! I love how you show that there are many things we can chose to do to keep from getting Diabetes. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TaraChatzakis Tara Yvonne Chatzaki

      Being informed always helps.

  • http://twitter.com/FamlyChallenge Family Challenge

    I have a close friend with Type I and it’s such a difficult life to live! I’ve always believed it’s possible to avoid Type II…thanks for the concrete steps to do this!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TaraChatzakis Tara Yvonne Chatzaki

      It’s important to work towards not getting it. Prevention is sooo much easier than cure!

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